New York – Hate Rats? Are you a New Yorker with excellent communication skills and “a general aura of evil”? Then you may have everything New York City needs to apply for a job as the city’s new Rat Czar.
Mayor Eric Adams’ administration posted a job listing this week looking for someone to lead the city’s long fight against rats. The official title of the work is “Rodent Suppression Director“, though he was soon dubbed the Rat Jar. The salary range is $120,000 to $170,000.
“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from different angles, including operational efficiency improvements, data collection, technological innovation, waste management and bulk slaughter,” the ad says.
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New York City leaders have been trying to control the rat population for generations, with mixed results. The number of rats in the city’s parks, footpaths and elsewhere has increased recently.
The city’s rats have escaped a multimillion-dollar effort from former Mayor Bill de Blasio that focused on more trash pickup and better home inspections in specific neighborhoods. The city also began a program to use dry ice to suffocate rats in their hideouts.
Adams, when he was president of the Brooklyn borough, once demonstrated a trap that used a bucket filled with a poisoned soup to drown rats attracted by the smell of food.
Now, the Adams administration is looking for a high-level bureaucrat to become the public face of the city’s abolition and education efforts.
“Clever, voracious and prolific, the rats of New York City are renowned for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city, we do,” the publication said.
Applicants are expected to have a wry sense of humor and to “lead from the front, using practical rodent extermination techniques with authority and efficiency.”